(Closed) Receiving line dilemma!! help!

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: How do I solve this problem?
    Suck it up and stand in the receiving line with all 300 people at the church : (3 votes)
    43 %
    I have an idea of how you can avoid this - below : (2 votes)
    29 %
    Other : (2 votes)
    29 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I wouldn’t do a receiving line with 300 people. Who is it that isn’t coming to the reception? A lot of people? And why? I’d probably just not worry about it– they should be aware that if they aren’t going to the reception they won’t get to talk to you. I’m sure they’ll be okay catching up with you the next time you see each other. 

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    skip the receiving line and greet each of your guests at their table. 

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 1991

    At a lot of weddings I’ve been to, the bride and groom exit with the bridal party, parents, etc.  Then, the officiant tells everyone else that the bride and groom will dismiss them from their seats and the B&G come back in and say hi briefly to everyone.  It always seems to move faster than a receiving line because you don’t have the bridal party and parents there too. 

    I think it could be awkward to single out those not invited to the reception, though, so this could be a way to avoid it.

     

    Post # 7
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    If it was people who just couldn’t make it i’d say don’t worry about a receiving line… but it would seem rude to me to not greet people who you ONLY invited to the ceremony (which I’m sorry… but honestly it seems a little rude to invite them to the ceremony and not the reception anyways). I think considering that, you need to suck it up and have a receiving line?

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    My Future Sister-In-Law is inviting about 250 people to her wedding. They are doing a receiving line at the church, but they are not having anyone besides the bride and groom in the receiving line. It helps to speed it up, and eliminates the awkardness of bridal party members who don’t know a large number of the guests.

    Maybe that would help to make it quicker? With 300 guests, it’s not likely that you’ll get to greet each one at the reception anyway, so this might be nice for the guests to feel like they got to congratulate you.

    Post # 11
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I’m personally anti-receiving line as a recent bride and frequent wedding guest. They are awkward and annoying for everyone involved and it’s kind of a cheap way to be off the hook from actually going around and having a real conversation with everyone in my opinion. If I were you I wouldn’t have one, but make sure to write those guests a thank you note for coming to the ceremony.

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I can’t stand receiving lines! I say skip it. People know that you need to get pics done etc. and will understand.

    Post # 13
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    If it is standard in your community to have huge ceremonies and only invite a portion to the reception, what is the standard for how to deal with these guests and greeting them? I’d just do whatever is normal for your community.

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